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How to Rip a Copy-protected DVD on macOS Monterey and Lower

It would be hard to rip copy-protected DVDs on macOS. To protect commercial DVDs from being used for illegal purposes, DVD producers applies the most efficient and trustful DVD copy-protection CSS to prevent DVD owners from backing up DVD upon their computer, even for personal legal purpose. As a result, when DVD ripping tools (esp. freeware) in the market handle with CSS copy-protections, they just crashed or failed to recognize the correct DVD title.

Simply speaking, by the trouble of CSS copy-protected technology, DVD collection fans just can not copy encrypted DVDs. In most cases, one DVD disc built-in CSS protection can also adopt other protection techs such as region 1-6, Sony ArccOS, and Disney X-project.

So here we'll show you how to rip copy protected DVD on Mac. The method below not only helps you rip CSS-protected DVDs on Mac, but also guides you to rip those discs encrypted by UOP, RCE, region code, Sony ARccOS, AACS 2.0....

Best Software to Rip Copy-protected DVD on macOS - WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

This program can fast rip any copy-protected DVDs on Mac without the help of third-party DVD decrypters. After a DVD is imported, it will choose the right main movie title for you automatically and allows you to rip encrypted DVD to MP4, MOV, iTunes, and other formats for playback or storage on Macbook Pro, Air, iMac, iMac Pro, iPad, iPhone, or other mobiles with ease.

Please DO Not use WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free to rip rental DVDs.

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Method 1: WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

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Method 2: HandBrake

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Method 1. How to Rip Copy-protected DVD on Mac with WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is a powerful solution to rip and convert home-made and copy-protected DVDs without any 3rd party DVD decrypter or library. It allows you to convert copy-protected DVD to iTunes, MP4, MOV, MKV, MPEG, MP3, ISO and 350+ preset profiles. It takes less time to process DVD digitizing than other similar tools owing to the support for hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU, and Hyper-threading technology. And it delivers great quality by making use of High Quality Engine.

It makes perfect compatibility with the latest operating system macOS Monterey as well as old systems. Unlike other DVD rippers crashing on the latest OS, WinXDVD successfully detects DVD title and makes the whole ripping process as smooth as possible on even the latest macOS Monterey.

Now, you can download and install WinX DVD Ripper for Mac and follow the steps below to rip protected DVDs on Mac.

Step 1. Load the copy-protected DVD.

First of all, insert the protected DVD you want to copy into your Mac's DVD drive. If your Mac doesn't come with a DVD drive, connect an external DVD drive.  

After you finish the installation of WinX DVD Ripper for Mac, open it. Now you need to click the "DVD Disc" button in the top left corner to select and open the DVD you just inserted. 

Load copy-protected DVD on Mac
Load copy-protected DVD on Mac

Step 2. Choose the right DVD title you want to convert.

Generally, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac will detect the correct movie title for you automatically. If the selected title is not what you want, you can change it. You can select one or multiple titles to rip.

In addition, you can specify audio track and subtitle track based on your own needs.

Choose DVD title, audio, and subtitle track
Choose DVD title, audio, and subtitle track

Step 3. Choose the output format.

This Mac DVD ripper offers all popular video formats like MP4 (MPEG4 / H264), MOV, M4V and iTunes as well as presets for iPhone, iPad, Android, and others. Just choose any one you like.

Choose output format
Choose output format

Step 4. Select the output folder for the converted file by clicking Browse table.

Step 5. Begin ripping copy-protected DVD on Mac.

Click "RUN" to get your copy-protected DVD converted at GPU accelerated speed.

Click RUN to begin ripping protected DVD on Mac
Click RUN to begin ripping protected DVD on Mac

Tips: WinX DVD Ripper for Mac also allows you to do the following:

  1. Check "Deinterlacing" to convert interlaced DVD to progressive scan video.
  2. Toggle on "Merge titles" to join multiple titles into a single one.
  3. Click the "Edit" button to trim, crop, and subtitle video.
  4. Click the gear button to change codec format, channel, aspect ratio, and tweak bit rate, frame rate, resolution, and sample rate.

So, above is how to rip protected DVD on Mac with WinX DVD Ripper for Mac.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.


  • It can rip protected DVD on its own. No need to work with additional DVD decrypting tool.
  • It can circumvent any DVD copy protection schemes. It keeps continuous update for the new DVDs.
  • It provides rich presets (more than 350) to meet different user needs and gives users control over output quality.
  • It comes with a few video editing tools, such as video trimmer, title merger.
  • It supports a couple of advanced technologies to boost DVD ripping speed.
  • It provides 1:1 DVD backup methods and keeps the original quality.


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If you like WinX DVD Ripper for Mac which supports all kind of DVDs including DVD with 99 titles, region code restricted DVDs, Disney/Sony ARccOS DVDs, CSS/AACS protected DVDs and rips a full DVD to MP4, MOV, M4V, iPhone iPad, Apple TV, iTunes, etc. at GPU hardware accelerated speed, up to 5 minutes to rip a full disc, you can buy it to have a try. 30-day money back guarantee.

Method 2. How to Rip Copy-protected DVD on Mac with HandBrake?

Handbrake is the most famous freeware in DVD ripping world. It's definitely worth a mention even in the Mac DVD ripper battleground. Yet, as it's known to all, Handbrake is unable to rip copy-protected DVDs without the 3rd party library or app help. To rip copy-protected DVD on Mac OS X El Capitan or newer with HandBrake, you need to download and install the below apps and add-on.

  1. Handbrake
  2. libdvdcss
  3. Homebrew

What is libdvdcss? It is a free and open-source software library which can help DVD player like VLC and DVD ripping software like HandBrake to access and unscramble DVDs encrypted with CSS.

what can Homebrew do? Homebrew can help install the stuff you need that Apple didn't. But, what's the matter with copying protected DVD on Mac? This is because the security feature called System Integrity Protection in Mac OS X EI Capitan and newer won't let you install libdvdcss. Only with the installation of Homebrew, you can install libdvdcss on Mac and then make use of it to help HandBrake rip copy-protected DVDs.

Tips: If you are working on Mac OS X Yosemite or older, you don't need to install Homebrew. You can simply go to videolan, access the page of "Index of /pub/libdvdcss/", choose a libdvdcss version, click macosx and select libdvdcss.pkg to download and install it on your Mac. Here, we choose libdvdcss 1.2.12 as an example.

Download libdvdcss pkg file for HandBrake Mac
Download libdvdcss pkg file for HandBrake Mac

Installing Homebrew isn't an easy thing. It requires personal familiarity skills in the macOS Terminal. You can find detailed guide on how to install Homebrew on Mac at Geekflare.

After you install Homebrew, just follow the steps below to install libdvdcss on Mac with Brew.

Step 1. Launch Terminal by pressing command+space, type terminal and hit Enter key.

Step 2. Run ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL" < /dev/null 2> /dev/null

Step 3. Type in brew install libdvdcss. Then Homebrew will start downloading and installing libdvdcss on your Mac.

After you install libdvdcss, now follow our guide to use HandBrake to rip a copy-protected DVD on Mac.

Step 1. Download and install HandBrake.

The current version 1.5.1 is compatible with macOS 10.13 and later. If you are working on an old Mac operating system, you should go to Old Releases page and download a proper version.

Step 2. Open the source DVD.

Insert the DVD into your Mac's DVD drive and open HandBrake. HandBrake will present the Open Source dialog on launch. Now, select the inserted DVD to open. Then, HandBrake will scan your DVD. Once done, you can see the file name of the source DVD and additional information like resolution.

Step 3. Choose which title you want to rip.

By default, HandBrake will choose a title for you, but the auto selected title may be not what you want. You can use the Title control to change it. Additionally, you can specify which chapter you want to rip.

Load protected DVD into HandBrake and choose title to rip
Load protected DVD into HandBrake and choose title to rip

Step 4. Choose a preset for the output.

HandBrake has a number of presets. For ripping DVD, a preset with 576p25 or 480p30 is recommended. Choose Very Fast, Fast, HQ, or Super HQ based on your own needs.

Choose preset
Choose preset

Step 5. Set a destination.

Type the file name of the resulting file into the box of Save As and click Browse to  specify the location where you want HandBrake place your new video.

Load protected DVD into HandBrake and choose title to rip
Load protected DVD into HandBrake and choose title to rip

Step 6. Begin ripping copy-protected DVD on Mac.

Simply click the Start button on the toolbar, and then you'll find the DVD ripping will begin. Once done, you can find the DVD rip file in the destination you specified.

Ripping protected DVD with HandBrake on Mac
Ripping protected DVD with HandBrake on Mac


  • Besides ripping DVD, it can also convert Blu-ray and video files.
  • It offers a lot of basic and advanced options.
  • It provides lots of video and audio encoders.


  • It requires libdvdcss to decrypt DVD. And even with libdvdcss, it can only handle CSS-protected DVDs.
  • DVD rip files can only be saved as MP4(M4V), MKV, and WebM.
  • It doesn't allow making an exact copy of your DVD.
  • Some options are difficult to understand for non tech savvy users.
  • Slow speed.

Conclusion: Handbrake is only capable of ripping DVDs encrypted by CSS and region code 1-6 though it's armed with libdvdcss library. Therefore, as for DVDs protected by Disney X-project DRM, Sony ARccOS, AACS 2.0 and other copy protection schemes, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is still the way to help you out of trouble.


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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